Garden of the Gods

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1805 North 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Garden of the Gods Colorado Springs Reviews

chadco chadco
3 reviews
Kissing Camels Jul 13, 2011
Interesting geology that is all up in your face about it :) Indians originally thought that gods dwelt in this place and it is easy to see why. In this park you are surrounded by huge sandstone monoliths that through geological processes have been thrust up vertically. With the proper permits you can indulge your rock climbing habit or just follow the many trails around and soak it all in. Great place for a picnicking, bike riding or stopping by the standard trading post for basic touristy merchandise. The image I loaded is a formation commonly knows as the kissing camels. Now stop reading reviews and get outside! :)
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powderfan powderfan
11 reviews
Easy Access to Nice Scenery Mar 02, 2010
Garden of the Gods is a park within Colorado Springs. It has some very easy hiking travels and even some paved pathways for handicapped. It features very large monolithic rocks that can be climbed, but you need to get a permit from the city before you attempt scaling. Several times a year Search and Rescue is sent out to help someone who attempted climbing without proper permits, and these people incur a pretty hefty fine. The park is crowded during tourist summer season.
GoG - not a good place to ski.
jebailey76 says:
Garden of the Gods is one of the Colorado Springs's most delightful place to visit. Its free for all public in the world. Everything you read above is true. If you are looking to adventure in the city of Colo Springs. Come to "Garden of the Gods". I promise you, its won't make you disappoint on your time. This is one of my favorite place to visit. Be aware of rattle snakes during the summer and cougar and baby bears...
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012
WalterC WalterC
391 reviews
This is definitely worth seeing red! Jul 02, 2009
Garden of the Gods is a park, located in the Colorado Springs area. Getting to it, you will definitely need to a good set of directions there. And the car is probably the only way to get to it. Someone can correct me if I am wrong there.

But regardless how you get there, any visitor to Colorado Springs, should definitely visit this place. For starters, admission is free, so that should be enough reason to visit. But luckily, it is not the only one, as this park is really spectacular on its own right, with its awesome red rock formations.

One can begin their visit at the visitor center, where there is a small natural history museum, along with a short film, telling how the rock formations formed over millions of years. The museum part is free, but the short film is not. This is also where you get nice views of the entire rock formations, seeing the different shapes, like the kissing camels. And imagine some other crazy things.

Then take a drive around the park, first to the main area for a closer look at the rock formations. Then hike on the Central Garden Trail, which is a paved trail, looping around the rock formations. This is an absolute must. It is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Also, there is another road in the park, that takes you to Balanced Rock and other rock formations. This would make a very good photo opportunity, which I did back in 2002.

There are other hiking options, and rock climbing is allowed at certain times. Definitely contact the visitor center for information on these activities, and to pick up a map there.

Needless to say, no visit to Colorado Springs would be complete without a visit to the Garden of the Gods. And after seeing this park, I can definitely why this park got its name.
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WalterC says:
Definitely a very nice park, and even free to enter!
Posted on: Dec 24, 2015
alyssa_ob says:
This is a gorgeous park! I took a photo there that I use as my computer background image.
Posted on: Dec 23, 2015
crystalware crystalw…
53 reviews
Free Outdoors Fun in Colorado Springs Jan 17, 2009
We had some amazing weather a couple of weekends ago so we decided to venture to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. The garden is full of red rock formations that allow for some amazing photos and rock climbing if you are a bit of a thrill seeker.

There are about 15 miles of hiking trails in the park and all are easily accessible. We did 3 of the trails while there. Siamese Twins was a great, easy walk (1 mile loop, I think) and you get an awesome view of Pikes Peak. The trail along the inside of the garden is paved and wheelchair accessible. The park also offers 30 minute guided tours along this trail with commentary on the formations and other Colorado folk-lore. The site lists details of all the trails so you can plan ahead.

The visitor center has tons of indoor exhibits that are a great educational experience for children. There is also a movie about the history of the rock formation. The cost for the movie is $5 for adults $2 for kids.

Horseback riding is also available and I believe you can even bring in your own horses. Mountain biking is also allowed but restricted to certain trails.

There are picnic tables throughout the park so you can pack a lunch and make a day trip of it. There is also a cafe located in the visitor's center if you forget food, like we did.

The website for the park:
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AtlantaScottyV AtlantaS…
39 reviews
Garden of the Gods - An Absolute Must see in C. Springs, CO Aug 23, 2008
This famous collection of red rock formations in the southwest region of Colorado Springs is a destination you won't want to leave off of any itinerary to this part of Colorado. Most popular in the summer months, the park is open year round, however the hours of operation shorten during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. At Memorial Day (the last weekend in May for non-residents of the U.S.), hours extend to 12 hours a day, 7 days a week offering you plenty of time to see these factastic monoliths.

Given as a gift to the residents of Colorado City by the children of railroad magnate Charles Elliot Perkins in 1909, it was his dying wish that the park remain free for the public the enjoy. In 1979, Garden of the Gods park became a Registered National Natural Landmark.

From it's eight miles of trails, you will see everything from wild animals (bears, cougar, deer, magpies, snakes and a host of other animals), all types of native vegetation and flora. The trails offer views of Pike's Peak. You can also take guided nature walks, mountain biking, rock climbing (with a valid permit only) or simply have a family picnic in the many open fields in the park. The park is most famous for a formation called the Kissing Camels and Balanced Rock.

The best part of all - this park is FREE! Wear comfortable shoes because it's a lot of walking.
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AtlantaScottyV says:
Thanks - you don't know what you're missin, dude! I've got tons more photos from today - I'm just absolutely worn out. It's 1:15 AM in Atlanta so not sure what I'm still doing up. Maybe I should re-join the 'crazy about TB' group again! LOL.
Posted on: Aug 23, 2008

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